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The 2014 McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I participate in the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up?

To participate in the Grill Mates Match Up you must first register to compete in one of the four pre-selected KCBS-sanctioned events. Interested participants must contact the individual contest organizer to register for the event. Once accepted to compete at the event, participants can register here to compete in the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up bonus category competition.

Can I enter more than one McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up event?

Yes. Participants are encouraged to enter multiple Grill Mates Match-Up events and participate in the online points chase to compete for a Grand Prize. Only one entry per event will be accepted.

Where can I purchase my beef products?

Each festival will have a designated retailer that the beef and Grill Mates Seasoning will need to be purchased from. We will ask for the receipt during the cooks meeting.

How will the Beef recipe be judged?

The McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up Beef turn-ins will be submitted in a standard KCBS 9 x 9 box. Six portions should be created for judging. Submissions will be judged on the following categories: Taste, Tenderness and Appearance. Standard KCBS scoring rules will apply.

Can I use a sauce or glaze?

Sauces, glazes and au jus are optional. If used, it shall be applied directly to the meat and not be pooled or puddled in the container. No side sauce containers will be permitted in the turn-in container. Chunky sauce will be allowed. Chunks are to be no larger than a fine dice, approximately 1/8 inch cubed.

Remember: Use of McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning is required.

Is garnish required?

Garnish is optional. If used, it is limited to chopped, sliced, shredded or whole leaves of fresh green lettuce, curly parsley, flat leaf parsley and/or cilantro. Kale, endive, red tipped lettuce, lettuce cores and other vegetation items are prohibited.

What size should I create?

The dish created should be portioned equally for all six judges. Portions must fit within a standard KCBS 9 x 9 box. The box must close. A portion will consist of the beef entry and any other ingredients adjoined to it.

What kind of turn-in should I create?

Competitors are encouraged to use their culinary imaginations in this category. Think of this turn-in as being similar to a common "Anything Butt" category. Turn-ins should be limited to the size listed above. Some acceptable turn-in examples could include (but are not limited to): Beef Wellington (covered in pate, then wrapped in puff pastry), Steak Oscar (topped with asparagus, crab meat and hollandaise), Bacon Wrapped Sirloin (wrapped in bacon), Chopped Steak, etc. The only requirement is that a beef product be used in conjunction with Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning.

What time is turn-in?

Individual contest organizers will establish turn-in times for their competition. Participants are encouraged to directly contact the contest organizer if they have individual contest questions.

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